Speech Topics


Enter Mourning themes: dementia, Alzheimer’s and other diseases that reduce parents’ ability to care for themselves and the responsibilities facing their children.

Feeling Globalized? What being stretched, scattered and 24-7 connected means, for individuals, institutions and society.

Abandoning the real: The cost of being fast, scattered and immersed in bits and data, especially for public institutions like education, health care and social services.

The Crisis of Accountability and Meaning: the implications of institutions becoming fragmented and scattered across the screen of 24-7 connectivity where time lines leave no time to get real, to check things out in the here and now, and where accountability is a closed loop between data: performance indicators and expected/targeted outcomes.

Living Lightning Speed and the Thunder at our Heels: From stressed and scattered individuals to stressed and scattered institutions losing touch with what matters – with particular focus on how this is playing out in key public institutions like health care and social services.

The Word (Kyoto) Made Flesh: Time and presence in the environment movement.

An Attention-Deficit Culture and the ethical plus democratic deficits accruing with interest.

Present and Not Present: The hidden costs associated with our new quick-clicking, quick-turnaround way of doing things these days, especially in our social institutions.

Point, Click, Gone: The containerization of everything from toesocks made in China to skills, credentials and identity.

Time and the Democratic Deficit.

No Time Themes
“Abandoning the Real”
Necessary Voices Speakers’ Series, Vancouver, BC, April 2005

“Living Lightning Speed: what being stretched and scattered means to us as individuals, institutions and as a society.”
University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University, May 2005

“Living Lightning Speed and the Thunder at our Heels: from stressed and scattered individuals to stressed and scattered institutions. Losing touch with what matters.”
Metro Council on Continuing Education, Dalhousie University, May 2005